Sexual violence continues to remain hidden and victims are frequently blamed and stigmatized. Through the Nova Scotia Sexual Violence Strategy we are working on raising public awareness, enhancing services and supports and also stopping sexual violence from happening in the first place.
Although it can sometimes seem too large to solve, we know that sexual violence is preventable. With multiple organizations, groups and communities directing prevention initiatives, the responsibility of preventing sexual violence is shared by the collective community. With the long-term goal of reducing sexual violence, we must focus our approaches on ways to stop sexual violence from happening in the first place. This is called primary prevention.
Primary prevention approaches work to change environmental factors and social norms known to contribute to sexual violence (ex. sexism, media and marketing practices, technology, harmful use of alcohol, etc.), while also promoting healthy relationships, consent and fostering safer spaces and strong communities.
Do you have a new idea for how to prevent sexual violence?
We want to fund it!
This fall, the Sexual Violence Strategy will again provide $600,000 in grants for community groups across the province to support the primary prevention of sexual violence.
The Prevention Innovation Grants will:
The deadline to apply is December 16th, 2016, 4pm.